Bountiful Boating in Telluride

Have you seen the San Miguel River this week? I guess April showers bring May flowers, and May snow makes June rivers grow. Or makes you want to row. Or go—as in boating—or something like that. However you want to phrase it, the rivers are raging and it’s time to grab a paddle.

The National Weather Service’s Hazardous Weather Outlook for Western Colorado is good news for local boaters. Unseasonably warm temperatures are speeding up the snowmelt that accumulated from all those late spring storms, and river levels are nudging toward their peak already. The San Miguel River is high, and even the meager trickle that makes up the lower Dolores (of which the San Miguel is a tributary) is running.

There are lots of local outfitters who can take you down the river. Read about one of the local guides, Matt Wilson, in this summer’s magazine, which is on newsstands today.